Metal Sensitivity & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

If you are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the problem might be in your very own mouth. If we are overexposed to them, there are over 35 metals and thousands of chemicals that can adversely affect our health. Learn what factors in your body and environment may contribute to your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Toxic Metals

Heavy metals become toxic when they are not metabolized by the body; rather, they accumulate in soft tissues. These include:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Arsenic
  • Aluminum
  • Nickel
  • Silver
  • Tin

Dr. Majid Ali is a published author and widely respected source of knowledge about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He believes that approximately 40% of his CFS patients also suffer from metal toxicity, especially aluminum, lead, and mercury toxicity.

Aluminum Toxicity

The most common form of metal toxicity, it causes fatigue by blocking the body's major energy molecule, called ATP.

Lead and Mercury Toxicity

These common metal toxicities cause:

  • Impaired immune function
  • Blocked enzyme function
  • Altered metabolic pathways

Dental Fillings and Chronic Fatigue

A study of 111 patients with dental metal (amalgam) and Chronic Fatigue symptoms procured interesting results. These patients decided to have a dentist remove their metal fillings and replace them with nonmetallic materials.

Many of these patients had metal lymphocytes in their blood, including nickel, inorganic mercury, gold, phenyl-mercury, cadmium, and palladium. After the dental metal was removed, 76% of the patients reported that their symptoms were improved. Lymphocyte reactivity to these metals decreased as well.

More Metal Research

A study conducted in Sweden reported that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients have an abnormally high level of mercury in their bodies. Another study tested sensitivity to metals such as lead and mercury. 45% of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome tested positive for mercury hypersensitivity, and 49% for lead hypersensitivity. When the offending metal was removed from the body, as in the form of a dental filling, 77% of the patients reported better health.

Exposure to Heavy Metals Occurs when. . .

  • Occupational or Industrial exposure is common for adults
  • In children, ingestion is the most common form of exposure
  • Radiological procedures
  • Incorrect dosing or monitoring during intravenous nutrition
  • Broken thermometer
  • Failed homicide or suicide attempts

Limit Your Exposure

There are several laws and guidelines in effect to decrease the amount of exposure to heavy metals in the industrialized workplace. These include:

  • No eating, smoking or drinking in work zones
  • Wear protective clothing at work
  • Showering facilities on property
  • Work clothes and street clothes kept separate

There are also some steps you can take at home to limit your metal exposure:

  • Use the least harmful product you can find
  • Read the label. Understand that manufacturers aren't required to list all their ingredients. Buy organic or earth-friendly materials.
  • Store household products in their original container. Never store in a food container


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